About D.I.Y. Guides
This gallery of free, digital do-it-yourself publications contains all the information you need to plan, plant, and care for a beautiful landscape with as little work and as few resources as possible. The information in these guides will teach you to select the best plant material for your region and create environments where your landscape can thrive all year long. Find out how to use less water for better plants; how to attract wildlife to your landscape; which plants grow in the shade; how to incorporate edible plants into a landscape; how trees add value; and what to do with your plants when it freezes.
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The Herb Gardening Guide includes information of herbs' multiple characteristics and uses with a comprehensive list of herbs ideal for North Texas. Click the image to learn more about herbs for your landscape.
Foodscaping: The Edible Landscape
This short guide provides basic tips on incorporating edible plants for an aesthetically pleasing, low-maintenance landscape. Click to learn how to use edible plants in your landscape design.
This short guide shows readers the best practices for picking, planting and maintaining trees for optimal success. Click the image to learn how to cultivate your best trees.
Water Efficient Landscaping: Go Green and Save Blue
This comprehensive guide includes information on plant selection, irrigation, landscape design and maintenance. Click the image to learn the holistic approach to building a beautiful, resilient landscape.
Native and Adapted Plants for Texas Landscapes
This guide helps readers select plants that are suited to their regions for optimal growth. Click to learn how to build your strongest landscape with regionally native and adapted plants.
Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Gardening for Wildlife
This guide on attracting beneficial wildlife to your landscape will help you create a bustling ecosystem for optimal plant growth and a natural habitat for beneficial animals. Click to begin attracting wildlife to your landscape today.
This D.I.Y. Guide offers everything the reader needs to begin harvesting rainwater at home. Click the image to learn how to build a rain harvesting barrel from beginning to end.
Warm Season Turfgrass
This resource identifies the turfgrass varieties most strongly suited to North Texas and care requirements for each. Click the image for help selecting the best turf for your application.
The "Dirt" on Composting
This guide teaches the reader to turn household organic waste into nutrient-rich compost that can be added to native soils for healthy, beautiful, resilient plants. Click the image to begin making your own compost today.
Water Efficient Lawn Care
This guide provides the reader with comprehensive information on maintaining beautiful, healthy lawns with few resources, namely water. Click the image to learn how to build great turf easily.
This guide offers tips and best practices for selecting and growing healthy plants in the shade. Click the image to learn which plants thrive in lower light conditions.
Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
This D.I.Y. guide leads the reader through best, high efficiency/low-maintenance practices for growing successful vegetables. Click to grow your best vegetables today.
One-page graphic guides
Right Plant, Right Place for Winter
This quick reference includes all the information you need for a thriving landscape through the cold winter months. Click the image to learn the best techniques for growing your own winter wonder land!
Trees for North Texas
Learn the basics of selecting, planting and placing trees in your landscape for strong growth and a more efficient household with this simple infographic.
Gardening for Wildlife
This infographic provides a few North Texas native and adapted plants to include in any landscape for attracting a varying array of beneficial wildlife.
Use this infographic to begin harvesting rainwater today. Learn to make efficient use of storm excess throughout the household and link to a video on constructing your own rain barrel.
Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
This quick guide provides the basic information for beginning a garden that will produce tasty vegetables with little time, less money, and fewer resources.